Resources

  • EOT (Greek National Tourist Organisation; www.gnto.gr) Concise tourist information.
  • Greek Travel Pages (www.gtp.gr) Access to ferry schedules and accommodation.
  • Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/greece) Destination information, hotel bookings and traveller forum.
  • Ministry of Culture (www.culture.gr) For cultural events and sights.

Top Tips

  • If at all possible, visit in the shoulder seasons – late spring or early autumn. The weather is softer and the crowds are slim.
  • Be sure to visit a few out-of-the-way villages where you can still find full-on, unselfconscious traditional culture. The best way to do this is to rent a car and explore. Stop for lunch, check out the local shops and test out your Greek.
  • Go slowly. Greece's infrastructure doesn't befit a fast-paced itinerary. Visit fewer places for longer.
  • Visit at least one local coffee shop, one seafood taverna next to a port and one traditional live-music venue. This is where you’ll experience Greek culture at its most potent.

What to Take

  • Waterproof money belt
  • Credit and debit cards
  • Driving licence
  • Phrasebook
  • Diving qualifications
  • Phone charger
  • Power adapter
  • Lock/padlock
  • Lightweight raincoat
  • Seasickness remedies
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Swimwear, snorkel and fins
  • Clothes pegs and laundry line
  • Earplugs

What to Wear

Athenians are well groomed and the younger crowd is trendy, so keep your most stylish clothes for the city. Nevertheless, in Athens and other big cities such as Rhodes and Iraklio, you’ll get away with shorts or jeans and casual tops. Bars or high-end restaurants require more effort – the scene is fashionable rather than dressy. Think tops and trousers rather than T-shirts and cut-offs. In out-of-the-way places you can wear casual clothing; in summer, the heat will make you want to run naked so bring things such as quick-drying tank tops and cool dresses. Sturdy walking shoes are a must for the cobbled roads and ruins.

Pre-departure Checklist

  • Check your passport is valid for at least six months past your arrival date
  • Make reservations for accommodation and travel, especially in high season
  • Check airline baggage restrictions, including for regional flights
  • Inform credit-/debit-card company of your travel plans
  • Organise travel insurance
  • Check if you’ll be able to use your mobile (cell) phone